Miscues cost Craig in loss to MIddleton

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John Barry
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

JANESVILLE--Janesville Craig’s baseball team played giveaway Tuesday.

The Cougars committed four errors and had two costly baserunning blunders in a 5-2 loss to Middleton in a Big Eight Conference game at Riverside Park.

Craig (15-9, 9-8) led 2-0 early but could not overcome the miscues.

“We threw the ball all over the yard today,” Craig coach Vic Herbst said. “And we didn’t play with a lot of energy or focus.

“I know we hadn’t even talked about Parker yet, so we can’t use that as an excuse. We just beat ourselves.”

The Cougars scored twice in the bottom of the second. Kevin Brandt and Chase Nyborg walked to start the inning and moved up a base on Trayton Christiansen’s sacrifice bunt. Charlie Platts then ripped a single down the line at third to score both runners.

Nyborg started for Craig, allowing one earned run in four innings.

Two Craig errors allowed Middleton to tie the game at 2-2 in the fourth. The Cardinals took the lead for good in the fifth on Zach Kosdorf’s double and another Cougar error.

“We don’t hit the cut-off man. We throw to the wrong base another time. You just can’t do that against a good team,” Herbst said. “I know Middleton had 10 hits today, but a couple of those hits are outs if we step up and make a play.”

Craig has a chance to play spoiler tonight. Parker and Craig play at 7 p.m. at Riverside. Parker is 14-2 in the Big Eight and tied with Sun Prairie for first place.

“We have to forget about this one real quick,” Herbst said of the Middleton loss. “It’s our last game before the tournament and it’s against our biggest rival.

“We’ve proven all year that when we play up to our capabilities and don’t beat ourselves, we’re a pretty good team.”

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